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The Wellcome Library is one of the greatest specialist collections on the history of medicine and the medical humanities. It houses over 2.5 million items of extraordinary range and diversity, including books, films, archives, manuscripts and artworks from around the world.

The Library is making as many of its collections as possible freely available online. In addition to this selection of historical books and journals, increasing amounts of digitised material, including manuscripts and archive collections can be found on the Library website.

The Wellcome Library is part of Wellcome Collection, the free destination for the incurably curious.

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504
movies
155
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Year
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1972
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1971
1,248
1970
1,241
1969
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1968
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Topics & Subjects
62,535
Water Supply
61,262
Sanitation
60,883
Public Health
60,703
Disease Outbreaks
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Pharmacy
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Drug Industry
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birmingham (england). council
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lancashire (england). county council. n 50077902
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cheshire (england). county council. n 82272487
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essex (england). county council. n 50065355
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Chemist and Druggist
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Chemist and Druggist, the leading trade journal for the pharmacy community in the UK, has been in continuous publication since 1859. It contains a wealth of information for studying the history of medicine and pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry. Also contained in its pages are many striking visual examples from over 150 years of developments in advertising, packaging and graphic design. The Chemist and Druggist has been made available by the Wellcome Library , one of the greatest...
Medical Officer of Health reports
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The reports were produced each year by the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) of a district and set out the work done by his public health and sanitary officers. They provided vital data on birth and death rates, infant mortality, incidence of infectious and other diseases, and a general statement on the health of the population. The reports also allowed the authors to express the diversity of their local communities and their own personal interests so sometimes contained unexpected and quirky...
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
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The history of medicine in film The Moving Image and Sound Collection (MISC) is part of the Wellcome Library , one of the greatest specialist collections on the history of medicine and the medical humanities. The Library houses over 2.5 million items of extraordinary range and diversity, including books, films, archives, manuscripts and artworks from around the world. This selection of over 200 digitised videos from MISC covers all aspects of 20th century healthcare and medicine. Some of the...
Topic: medical
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
by Wellcome Library
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This film shows various cases of mothers who have difficulty breast feeding their babies. Solutions to the problems are demonstrated, for instance a case of inverted nipples can be treated successfully with massage and the use of a breast pump. An inadequate milk supply can be supplemented with formula. 'Flabby breasts' can be successfully treated with massage, supplementary feeding and exercise. 2 segments.
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Topics: Anatomy, Breast Feeding, Maternal Behavior, Mothers, Maternal and child health, Anatomy, Breast...
Wellcome Sexology Collection
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154,951
VIEWS
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Resources digitised to compliment the Wellcome Collection Sexology exhibit, 2014-15.
Wellcome Trust Publications
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ITEMS
61,594
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Historic printed material published by the Wellcome Trust.
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
by Wellcome Library
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Shows how a typical labour should be managed, including abdominal and vaginal examination, the second stage of labour, the patient prepared for delivery, the control of the foetal head, examination of the umbilical cord, use of the mucus cather, ligation of the cord, expulsion of the placenta and an examination for vaginal and perineal lacerations. 1 segment.
Topics: Obstetrics, Parturition, Labor, Obstetric, Medical sciences, Birth, Obstetrics, Parturition, Labor,...
Wellcome Forensics Collection
collection
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30,664
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Resources digitised to compliment the Wellcome Collection Forensics exhibit, 2014-15.
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
by Wellcome Library
movies
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This film in two parts shows the mechanism of an artifical respirator (an iron lung) a female patient is shown being placed in the machine and then cared for by nurses (she is fed, groomed and given an enema). The second part starts with instructions as to what to do if there are electrical or mechanical faults in the machinery. 3 segments.
Topics: Ventilators, Mechanical -- history, Respiration, Artificial, Medical equipment, Respiratory...
Wellcome Sexology Collection
by Unwin, J. D. (Joseph Daniel), 1895-1936.; Unwin, J. D. (Joseph Daniel), 1895-1936
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"Notes and references": p. [433]-617. Bibliography: p. [624]-642
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Topics: Primitive societies, Sexual ethics, Sex, Culture
Wellcome Library Sound Collection
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24,195
VIEWS
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The sound archive includes ‘born-digital’ and older formats such as audio-cassettes and CDs of radio programmes on medical, biomedical and medical-historical topics. Non-broadcasted material includes recordings documenting exhibitions, interviews, lectures, conferences, seminars and symposia, many of which were organised by the Wellcome Trust.
Topics: wellcome, sound recordings
Wellcome Library
by Grose, Francis, 1731?-1791. n 50032813
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ESTC
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Topic: English language
Topics: Pharmacy, Drug Industry
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Topics: Photography of the nude, Photography, Erotic
Issued in a limited edition of "only three thousand copies"
Topics: Erotic literature, Erotic art, Sex in literature, Pornography, Sex, Prostitution, Homosexuality,...
Edition limited to 300 numbered copies on French hand-made paper"
Topic: Sex
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
by Wellcome Library
movies
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The film illustrates the mechanisms of labour in childbirth by means of a model pelvis and foetal skull, viewed from in front and from below. 1 segment.
Topics: Obstetrics, Parturition, Birth, Obstetrics, Parturition, Obstetricians.
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
by Wellcome Library
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Shows the symptomatology of shell-shock in 18 British other rankers and its treatment by two leading R.A.M.C. neurologists in two British military hospitals towards the end of the First World War. Captions tell us the men's names, rank, medical condition, details of their symptoms and how long it took to complete the cure, which in one case was in two and a half hours. Clinical features shown include a variety of ataxic and hysterical gaits hysterical paralyses, contractures and anaesthesias...
Topics: World War, 1914-1918, Hospitals, Military, Combat Disorders -- rehabilitation, World war, Armed...
Wellcome Library
by Solomon, King of Israel. n 80024516; Mathers, S. L. MacGregor (Samuel Liddell MacGregor)
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Limited ed. of 500 numbered copies
Topic: Jewish magic
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
by Wellcome Library
movies
eye 8,140
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Outline of the course of blood-flow in man and in chick. Pulmonary circulation in man systematic circulation capillary circulation lymph circulation. 3 segments.
Topics: Physiology, Blood Circulation, Human physiology, Physiology, Blood Circulation, Medical students.
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
by Wellcome Library
movies
eye 7,950
favorite 23
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An overview of the anatomy and workings of the digestive system is given. Intestinal tract, mouth and oesphaegus, salivary glands, action of saliva, swallowing. Stomach structure, action of gastric juice, cineradiography of stomach. Pancreas. Liver. Gall bladder. Small intestine. Large gut. 3 segments.
Topics: Gastroenterology, Digestion, Digestive System, Saliva, Stomach, Intestine, Small, Intestine, Large,...
3000 copies were privately printed by the anthropological branch of the Falstaff Press in 1933
Topics: Paraphilias, Sex, Homosexuality, Prostitution, Erotica, Nudity
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
by Wellcome Library
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An instructional film looking at all aspects of breast feeding. Antenatal welfare and preparation is advised - the importance of good diet (sample meals are shown by a midwife) and the clinical examination of the breasts are encouraged. Postnatal management begins in hospital with the establishment of lactation during the 'Lying In' period the importance of hygiene around the nipple is encouraged. Shots then include the mother and baby at home - we see the preparation of the cot, nappy...
Topics: Breast Feeding, Maternal Behavior, Mothers, Maternal and child health, Breast Feeding, Maternal...
Wellcome Sexology Collection
by Hancarville, Pierre d', 1719-1805
texts
eye 7,179
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comment 0
Text in English and French
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
by Wellcome Library
movies
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Requirements of an ideal analgesic and the use of nitrous oxide and trichlorethlene in childbirth. A pregnant woman is shown on a hospital bed and the voice-over sets the tone for this medical information film, explaining that there are four key factors in seeking analgesia in childbirth. The mother remains conscious and co-operative, there are good uterine contractions, the method is safe for mother and baby and respiration in the baby is not repressed. Reminding the viewer of the happy...
Topics: Parturition, Obstetrics, Analgesia, Obstetrical, Anesthesia, Obstetrical, Birth, Maternal and child...
Copy no. 631 of a limited edition of 775 numbered and signed copies
Topics: Phallicism, Religion and Sex
Includes index
Topic: Cooking, English
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
by Wellcome Library
movies
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A completely revised and updated version of the 1957 film of the same title. The two earlier versions of this film (1928 and 1957) were both based on Robert Willis' 1847 translation of Harvey's De Motu Cordis for the Sydenham Society. This version is based directly on Harvey's original text, and corrects a number of minor errors and omissions in the earlier versions, as well as incorporating much new historical research. At the University of Padua, Harvey was taught the anatomy of Galen and...
Topics: Harvey, William, 1578-1657, Blood Circulation -- history, Physiology -- history, Cardiology --...
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
by Wellcome Library
movies
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An estimated 200 million people and many more domestic animals throughout the tropical and sub-tropical world suffer from the parasitic disease schistosomiasis (also known as bilharzia), while more than 400 million others are at risk of infection. With the aid of cinemicrography, electron micrographs and graphics, this video gives a highly detailed account of each stage in the life-cycle of 'Schistosoma mansoni', one of the five principal species of schistosome and shows how certain...
Topics: Schistosomicides, Schistosoma mansoni, Schistosomiasis -- prevention & control, Tropical...
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
by Wellcome Library
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Shows surgery to treat acute appendicitis including the use of the McBurney incision. Advice is given on the treatment of advanced cases and their complications. 4 segments.
Topics: Appendix, Appendicitis, Appendectomy, Surgery, Medical sciences, Appendix, Appendicitis,...
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
by Wellcome Library
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eye 5,000
favorite 23
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Shows a variety of acrobatic movements to demonstrate the action of muscles, vertebral column, hip and shoulder joints in living subjects. Four female acrobats perform a variety of movements while interspersed radiograms show the spine in various positions. 5 segments.
Topics: Anatomy, Muscles, Human physiology, Anatomy, Muscles, Health care personnel.
Wellcome Sexology Collection
by Bloch, Iwan, 1872-1922
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Topics: Sadomasochism, Erotica, Flagellation, Sex, Sexual Behavior, Homosexuality, Sexually Transmitted...
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
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A technical film about the development of the malaria parasite through human and mosquito phases. Colour stills from Ancient China showing the historical understanding of the disease. Animated drawings in colour describing the progress of the disease. Identification of fever is described. Leishman and Giemsa stained parasites are shown as well as the characteristics of the four species causing human malaria. A convenient summary of the life cycle is provided at the end. ICI.
Topics: Communicable Diseases, Tropical Medicine, Malaria
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
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A highly technical film for the anaesthetist, showing the apparatus designed to deliver continuous flow of nitrous oxide and oxygen. Ether is shown being added to the mixture of gases in various quantities. Diagrams are used throughout with short sequences of anaesthetised patients in between. The film is structured in parts, as follows Preparation of Apparatus (showing correct flow meters), Induction, Introduction of Oxygen, then Ether, Maintenance. 6 segments.
Topics: Imperial Chemical Industries, ltd Pharmaceuticals Division, Anesthesia, Anesthesia -- history,...
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
by Wellcome Library
movies
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favorite 2
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A technical film (part of a series) apparently aimed at the inexperienced anaesthetist. The four stages of anaesthesia are demonstrated when the anaesthetist uses the open drop ether method. Good practice is shown. This contrasts with the pitfalls of ether anaesthesia: a comedy of errors about what you shouldn't do. Part one of two. 4 segments
Topics: Imperial Chemical Industries, ltd Pharmaceuticals Division, Anesthesia, Anesthesia -- history,...
Wellcome Library
by Chaleix-Vivie, Dr; Audebert, Dr
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Includes bibliographic footnotes
Topic: Abortion, Incomplete
Topics: Pharmacy, Drug Industry
Wellcome Library
by Kent, J. T. (James Tyler), 1849-1916
texts
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favorite 3
comment 0
Issued in 10 parts
Topics: Homeopathy, Materia Medica
Signatures: [A]-2U4 (leaf 2U4 is wanting)
Topic: Masturbation
Plate, facing p. [ii], contains dedication to the memory of Samuel Birch, within colored ornamental border of Egyptian design
Topics: Egyptian language, Egyptian language, Egyptian language
Wellcome Library
by Bloch, Iwan, 1872-1922; Forstern, William H
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Published in 1938 under title: Sexual life in England, past and present
Topics: Sex, Marriage, Prostitution, Flagellation, Erotica, Homosexuality, Morals
Wellcome Library
by Yatindranatha, Sena
texts
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comment 0
Topics: Urdu language, Urdu language
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
by Wellcome Library
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eye 4,376
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A superficial introduction to the concept of bacteria. Making culture media innoculating a culture incubation how bacteria multiply microscopy staining. 2 segments.
Topics: Bacteria, Bacteriology, Bacteria -- growth & development, Bacteria, Microorganisms, Bacteria,...
Contains vocabularies
Topics: Egyptian language, Mythology, Religion, Folklore
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
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A step by step account and full surgical demonstration of the abdomino-perineal technique pioneered by W. E. Miles. The intertitles provide very technical and detailed explanations of the steps of the procedure that results in a cancerous tumour being removed. 6 segments.
Topics: Rectal Neoplasms, Colorectal Surgery, Rectum, Surgery, Medical sciences, Rectal Neoplasms,...
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
by Wellcome Library
movies
eye 4,267
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A technical film (the first part of a series) apparently aimed at the inexperienced anaesthetist. Most of the film looks at the theory of the stages of anaesthesia using Guedel's chart. This is laboriously annotated with animations to illustrate every reflex present in anaesthesia using the inhalation method. There are four stages of anaesthesia the third stage is when surgery can commence (this is in turn subdivided into planes). The fourth stage is respiratory failure and potentially death....
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Topics: Imperial Chemical Industries, ltd Pharmaceuticals Division, Anesthesia, Anesthesia -- history,...
Wellcome Library
by Douglas, Elizabeth
texts
eye 4,230
favorite 3
comment 0
Also published Philadelphia : McKay, [191-?]
Topic: Cooking
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
by Wellcome Library
movies
eye 4,214
favorite 2
comment 0
This film shows the second stage of labour, and opens with the head of the first child advancing and gradually distending the perineum. The first child presents in the left occipito anterior position. The second child presents and is delivered in the third vortex position. The placenta is delivered. 3 segments.
Topics: Obstetrics, Twins, Monozygotic, Labor, Obstetric, Parturition, Birth, Medical sciences, Obstetrics,...
Wellcome Library
texts
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favorite 1
comment 0
Wellcome Library
by Yates, William, 1792-1845
texts
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iv pages, 1 unnumbered leaf, 589, 19 pages ; (8vo)
Topics: Hindustani language, Hindustani language -- Dictionaries -- English
"Authorities consulted and quoted": p. [xi]-xii
Topic: French language
Printer's imprint at foot of half-title: Knight and Compton, printers
Topics: Occultism, Alchemy, Magic
Wellcome Library
by Moore, N. Hudson, 1857-1927. n 50004220
texts
eye 3,689
favorite 4
comment 0
"List of English clockmakers": p. [163]-293; "List of American clockmakers": p. [295]-330
Topic: Clocks and watches
Includes bibliographic footnotes
Topics: Caste, Hinduism, Caste, Hinduism
Wellcome Library
by Rose, H. A. (Horace Arthur), 1867-1933. n 84103999; Ibbetson, Denzil, Sir, 1847-1908. n 84029393; Maclagan, Edward, Sir, 1864-1952. nr 93011436
texts
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favorite 1
comment 0
Subtitle varies slightly
Topics: Ethnology, Caste, Caste, Ethnology, Religion
Wellcome Library
by Ploss, Hermann Heinrich, 1819-1885; Bartels, Max (Maximilian), 1843-1904; Bartels, Paul, 1874-1914; Dingwall, Eric John
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A translation based upon "Das Weib in der Natur- und Völkerkunde : anthropologische Studien von Dr H. Ploss," Leipzig, 1885, and later editions. cf. Pref
Topics: Women, Ethnology, Sex, Women
Wellcome Sexology Collection
by Berg, Karl.; Berg, Karl
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Topic: Sadism
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
by Wellcome Library
movies
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General considerations. Examples of mammalian skeletal variations. Naked eye structure of bone. Chemical constitution of bone. Growth and repair of bone. Rickets. Joints. 3 segments.
Topics: Skeleton, Anatomy, Bone and Bones, Rickets, Joints, Human physiology, Skeleton, Anatomy, Bone and...
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
movies
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This historically interesting film depicts ante-natal and post-natal care in the 1930s before the inception of the National Health Service in 1948. Infant and maternal mortality was a concern - this film shows how Queen Charlotte's hospital tackled the problems. Scenes are dramatised of an emergency birth at home as well as scenes within the hospital depicting training and babycare. 4 segments.
Topics: Postnatal Care, Hospitals, Maternity, Parturition, Hospitals, Pregnancy, Birth, Postnatal Care,...
Wellcome Sexology Collection
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Topic: Sex customs
Topics: Pharmacy, Drug Industry
"The sale of this book is restricted to members of the Medical and Legal Professions, Scientists, Anthropologists, Psychologists, Sociologists, Criminologists, and Social Workers"
Wellcome Trust Publications
by Galen; Singer, Charles, 1876-1960; Wellcome Historical Medical Museum
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Topics: Medicine, Greek and Roman, Anatomy
Wellcome Library
by Stern, Bernhard, 1867-1927; Berger, David, tr
texts
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Translation of : Geschlechtsleben in der Türkei : mit Beruecksichtigung der muslemischen Nachbarlaender und der ehemaligen Vasallenstaaten : eigene Ermittlungen und gesammelte Berichte / von Bernhard Stern"
Topics: Sex, Sexual Behavior
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
by Wellcome Library
movies
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A review of the surface of the developing bird, with shots of the blood system under the microscope. Diagrams explain the development of the chick embryo. Techniques of dissection and observation are shown. We see the appearance of the bird at 1.5, 2.5, 3, 5, 6, and 8 days 1 day before hatching. The formation of membranes is also shown. 3 segments.
Topics: Embryology, Birds -- embryology, Embryos, Medical sciences, Embryology, Birds -- embryology,...
Wellcome Library
by Morrison, Robert, 1782-1834. n 79139159
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pt. 1. Chinese and English arranged according to the radicals.--pt. 2. Chinese and English arranged alphabetically.--pt. 3. English and Chinese
Topics: Chinese language, English language
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
by Wellcome Library
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A two-part film made for mothers-to-be, looking at the correct way to bathe a baby. This first part shows, among other things, the importance of avoiding draughts, which equipment is needed, how to change a soiled nappy, the correct temperature of bath water and how to wash the face and head. 2 segments.
Topics: Infant, Newborn, Maternal Behavior, Early childhood, Infant, Newborn, Maternal Behavior, Pregnant...
Topics: Pharmacy, Drug Industry
Wellcome Library
by Malinowski, Bronislaw, 1884-1942
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Includes bibliographical footnotes and index
Topics: Sex, Marriage, Families, Culture, Mythology
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
by Wellcome Library
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eye 3,237
favorite 16
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This film acts as a demonstration of the action of muscles, vertebral column, hip and shoulder joints in living subject. 3 segments
Topics: Anatomy, Muscles, Medical sciences, Anatomy, Muscles, Medical
ESTC
Topics: Hairdressing, Hairdressing
Wellcome Library
by Stekel, Wilhelm, 1868-1940.; Stekel, Wilhelm, 1868-1940
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favorite 7
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Translation of Sadismus und Masochismus
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Paraphilias
Also published London : F. Aldor, 1936
Topics: Sexual Behavior, Sex Offenses, Paraphilias
Wellcome Library
by Rose, H. A. (Horace Arthur), 1867-1933. n 84103999; Ibbetson, Denzil, Sir, 1847-1908. n 84029393; Maclagan, Edward, Sir, 1864-1952. nr 93011436
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Subtitle varies slightly
Topics: Ethnology, Caste, Caste, Ethnology, Religion
Wellcome Sexology Collection
by Nogaret, François Félix, 1740-1831; Rosa, Giovanni della; Elluin, François Roland, 1745-1810; Borel, Antoine, 1743-1810; Aretino, Pietro, 1492-1556. Sonetti lussuriosi. French
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"Avant-propos" (p. [5]-6) signed: Giov. della Rosa
Topics: Erotic literature, Pornography, Coitus